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Polish "y" and "e"

Does anyone agree that they sound very much alike? Sometimes, I really can't tell them apart. I often mistake one for the other.

3 weeks ago

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They sound completely different. And you use different parts o your throat and mouth to make these sounds. Find the alphabet on youtube it will help you hear that :)

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cindy1100

Thanks for your reply. :)

3 weeks ago

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I'd add: "They sound completely different to a native" ;) I was very surprised that people have problems with them, because to me they don't have anything in common, but I can say that you're not alone, many learners struggle with them.

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cindy1100

Yes, to me they just sound so similar. I'm glad to hear I'm not alone in this.

3 weeks ago

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Recently my son was taking some polish lessons on Duo and, honestly, as a polish native I had a hard time to understand some sentences :D And they both do sound similar in some words but that rarely makes a difference in understanding. You just get that from the context. Polish, in contrast to English, has much fewer words that sound similar.

3 weeks ago

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It's all a lot to learn. :)

3 weeks ago

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when stressed not even close, when not stressed and reduced then there could be a problem

2 weeks ago
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